Karate and the X-Pro 2 (feat. 90mm f/2)

Last weekend my daughter had a Karate competition.  She’s actually a 1st dan blackbelt in Karate, but I’m pretty sure I could still beat her in a serious fight (if I cheated enough).

Correction note: I previously said she’s 2nd dan, but actually she’s 1st dan.

She came second overall (missed out by one point but that’s how these things go sometimes).

Take THAT Kidney

Take THAT Kidney

 

Defence is also important.

Defence is also important.

Anyway, this is a photo blog, so onto the camera stuff.

The light in the hall/gym was ok, there was some light coming through a nearby window, but it was diffused because of it being a bit rainy.  The main light was from fluorescent lighting, which is horrible lighting.  I hate the green tint it gives everything and it’s honestly awful on skin.  Luckily Karate is more about action and the uniforms are mainly black and white, so I converted them to Acros+R (I find the red filter looks best with skin as it seems to whiten it slightly).

Symmetry abounds during the dance of death

Symmetry abounds during the dance of death

 

Settings and all that stuff

I had my camera mainly set to 1/800 at f/2.0, ISO 800-1000, no flash.  I shot RAW only (as in now my habit) and chose later (in Lightroom) what I wanted the profile to be.  I was choosing from the following:

Provia (Standard)Provia (Standard)

Provia is what I usually use.  It’s suitable for many things, has good contrast and colours and is usually a good start.

 

Velvia (bright, colourful)

Velvia (bright, colourful)

I usually reserve Velvia for landscapes and things I want bright and perhaps a bit unrealistic… didn’t suit this shoot in my opinion.  Note what it does to skin under fluoros.  So much of the green sickly look.

 

Classic Chrome (old school)

Classic Chrome (old school)

Some people love Classic Chrome.  I’m a bit on the fence with it.  It’s supposed to emulate kodachrome film and it does give photos an old school high contrast, slightly washed out look.  I’m just not that into the look to be honest. I think it would be good for some things though and I’m willing to give it a go.

 

Acros+R (great black and white)

Acros+R (great black and white)

When shooting/editing black and whites involving people, I love to use Acros+R.  The Red filter seems to filter out the blood in the face or something, giving skin a nice white look (I’m not racist though 😉 ).

For these photos I chose Acros, because I think the action is best expressed with black and white and the uniforms aren’t that colourful, therefore the colourful backgrounds won’t distract too much.

 

How’d it perform?

The 90mm and X-Pro 2 performed fine.  There was a bit of black out when shooting burst, but nothing that didn’t stop me following the action (it gave a slight strobe effect).

Overall I think the X-Pro 2 did quite well and I was pleased despite not being able to move around too much. I would have disputed that, but when you have a room full of Karate experts you don’t pick a fight. 0_O

I'm pretty sure I've played a computer game like this.

I’m pretty sure I’ve played a computer game like this.

 

Last one, just to show I'm not too bias.

Last one, just to show I’m not too bias.

 

I had a lot of fun shooting the Karate.  I hope you had fun reading my little blog post.

Thanks for reading,

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